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The Energy Approach to Environmental Issues

Nov. 6, 2023

Introduction Many members of Generation Z who are interested in assisting in the fight against climate change have found themselves at somewhat of a crossroads. The issue is that no matter where we end up, there are a million different interconnected problems, all of which contribute substantially to habitat destruction,...

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Neoliberalism: It’s Time to Engineer Our Way Out of This (Herbst Fellow Essay)

Nov. 6, 2023

In almost every borough, suburb, and city block in America, quality of life is decreasing while cost of living is increasing. A stunning 69 percent of people can’t afford new median priced housing, driving over a third of American households to rent (United States Census Bureau, 2020). But the rental...

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ChatGPT is Forcing Us to Do Some Deep Reflecting: Are You Ready? (Herbst Fellow Essay)

Nov. 6, 2023

People are freaking out about ChatGPT’s ability to generate complex and unique texts that can be hard to distinguish from human writing (Dale, 2020). With ChatGPT gaining 100 million users in two months (The Economic Times, 2023) and becoming the fastest growing consumer application in history, many people feel like...

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Accessibility is a Major Component of Engineering Thus it Needs to be Embedded into the College of Engineering and Applied Science Curriculum

Nov. 3, 2023

As the builders of tomorrow, it is crucial that we learn to see our systems from different perspectives and understand the inherent biases of our worldview.

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Moulakis Lecture: Educating ethical (and socially responsible!) engineers

Oct. 10, 2023

In today’s society, the need to graduate engineers who are conscious of their ethical and professional responsibilities is more important than ever.

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Clancy Herbst Passes Away 

June 30, 2023

Clarence "Clancy" Herbst, Jr. (ChemEngr'50), passed away on June 21. He was 95. He and his wife, Linda Vitti Herbst, made the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers, now called the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society, possible.

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What Hollywood can teach us about energy: A new essay collection edited by Herbst faculty member

March 17, 2023

Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, assistant professor in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society, is a co-editor of American Energy Cinema, a new collection of essays focusing on how energy is portrayed by Hollywood. The goal of the collection is to create an enjoyable and accessible space for historians and scholars to examine how gas, oil, coal, nuclear power and the ongoing tensions around electrification are captured by popular culture.

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Lucky Vidmar delivers inaugural Moulakis Lecture on Responsible Engineering

Oct. 20, 2022

Vidmar, Head of IP Litigation at Microsoft and CU Alumnus delivered the inaugural Moulakis Lecture on Responsible Engineering, "Technology is a very human activity".

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Unethical Engineering: Understanding the Discrepancy Between Intent and Behavior in Tech 

June 10, 2022

Clarifai, an AI startup translating images and video into structured data, was committed to philanthropic practices such as donating software to socially beneficial causes. This was the Clarifai that Liz O’Sullivan was familiar with when she joined the team in 2017. 12 Several months later, O’Sullivan found herself in a...

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Is the Cold War in Your Pocket? Cybersecurity, the New Arms Race

June 10, 2022

When I was growing up, I was inexplicably fascinated with my parent’s perspective on the world during their own childhood. In 2012, I was in fifth grade, and had a good part of my summer ruined because I read a National Geographic article about the impact climate change would have...